After Tuesday's unexpected win by Doug Jones in Alabama's special election, Republican senators appear a bit reluctant to let the new kid join in on their game. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the newly elected senator will not be seated during the current congressional session, a decision which might delay Jones joining the Senate until early next year.
But an opinion piece from Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow may end up holding Republicans' feet to the fire.
In 2010, Scott Brown won a special election in Massachusetts to fill the late Ted Kennedy's seat, and Republicans clamored to have Brown seated as quickly as possible so he could join the ongoing healthcare debate.
At the time, Sekulow wrote in a blog post:
Here's the troubling reality. It's been nearly one week now since Scott Brown was elected to the U.S. Senate by the voters of Massachusetts. And, Senator-elect Brown has not yet been seated. In my view this is an unacceptable delay tactic on the part of the Senate leadership a tactic that disenfranchises the voters of Massachusetts who sent a strong message in the election of last week.
Will Republicans now hold themselves to the same standard?
The seat is currently held by Republican Luther Strange, who was appointed to replace Jeff Sessions after he left to serve as Attorney General. As Republicans scramble to pass tax reform in the few days remaining in the current congressional session, it seems unlikely a dependable GOP vote will be replaced with any swiftness.
H/T - HuffPost
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